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Public Services for Patrons


Circulation of Library Materials
Reference Assistance
Copy Services
Public Computers
Tours and Orientation
Use of the Library


Circulation of Library Materials

Many materials may be checked out of the Library for either three days or three weeks. E-mail or call 651-296-2775 with any questions about loan periods for specific types of material or the possibility of borrowing from another library. Loan deposits may be required.

For attorneys in Greater Minnesota, we will send three-week-loan items via UPS and bill for the cost. The borrower is responsible for mailing back the item. E-mail or call 651-296-2775 with your request, and be sure to include your attorney registration number, address, email address, and phone number.


Reference Assistance

Library staff are available to answer basic questions, locate materials and provide assistance with using the library's resources. Some questions are best researched in the law library, and library staff may ask you to come into the law library to pursue your research here. Library staff cannot provide services that might be interpreted as the unauthorized practice of law, such as locating relevant cases, interpreting statutes, or giving legal advice.

Priority of Service:

Our first priority is to assist patrons within the library, followed by phone and e-mail reference. Since e-mail is not always reliable or timely, we suggest reaching us in person or by phone if you are working under a strict time deadline.

How to Contact Us:

Another option is to contact your local public law library.


Copy Services

To request photocopying, scanning, or faxing service, contact us by e-mail or by phone at (651) 296-2775. Exact citations are required. Turnaround is usually within 24 hours when the Library is open. (Library Hours)

Materials may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code). Please note: Because of their size, the Law Library does not include briefs in its copy service.


Public Computers

Patrons have online access through the public computers within the Library to primary legal materials, journals, newspapers and statistics through HeinOnline, LexisNexis, Westlaw, and other online services. The Library also provides public wireless access to the Internet.

The Library welcomes written comments about this policy.

[Revised May 25, 2006]


Use of the Library

Any person who violates the Library rules shall be asked to leave the Library.

[February 14, 1997; revised November 4, 2003]


Tours and Orientation

If you would like a tour or an orientation of our Library and collections, e-mail or call us at 651-297-7651.


Minnesota State Law Library: Public Services for Patrons
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